There are only two universities in British Columbia that offer degrees in interior design. Both offer full-time, rigorous programs that incorporate both traditional classroom coursework and studio practice. You can, however, find credible alternatives in other types of specialty schools that offer diploma programs, and one university that -- through a partnership -- accepts an interior design diploma toward its Bachelor of Design degree.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
The Bachelor of Interior Design program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is a full-time, four-year program that is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. This program prides itself on its ability to adapt to the ever-evolving interior design community, and describes its program as a studio project complemented with theory and skill development experiences. To complete this bachelor's program you'll have to pass each studio course with a minimum grade of C+. You will also have to submit a portfolio when applying, which must be approved before you can be granted admission.
Vancouver Island University
Located at Vancouver Island University's Nanaimo campus, the Bachelor of Interior Design program offers a nine-semester, multidisciplinary study of the field of interior design. During the first three years of this program you will have lectures, studio and computer lab courses to build your foundation of design knowledge. Then, during the summer between your third and fourth years, you will complete a paid internship. After that, you'll spend your final year in the program developing and finishing your final project. To gain admission to this program you will have to submit a portfolio that demonstrates your aptitude in interior design.
Thompson Rivers University
While Thompson Rivers University doesn't offer its own degree program in interior design, it does maintain a partnership with Georgian College in Ontario. This partnership allows students form Georgian College who have obtained an Advanced diploma in Interior Design to continue their studies and earn a Bachelor of Design degree from TRU. The Georgian College program takes three years to complete, after which you can transfer up to 75 credits to TRU, where you will need to take an additional 45 credits to complete your degree. To gain admission into the program at Georgian College you do not have to submit a portfolio (See References 5 and 6).
Aside from the three universities that offer interior design degrees, you can also earn a diploma in interior design from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. BCIT's diploma program can be completed on a part-time or a nine-month full-time schedule. The Professional Diploma in Interior Design program at the Centre for Arts and Technology, Kelowna campus, takes 24 months to complete and prepares you to work at an interior design company or start your own studio.
- Kwantlen Polytechnic University: Interior Design: Bachelor of Interior Design
- Vancouver Island University: Bachelor of Interior Design
- Vancouver Island University: Art and Design Department at VIU
- Vancouver Island University: Interior Design
- Thompson Rivers University: Interior Design Advanced Diploma
- Georgian College: Interior Design
- British Columbia Institute of Technology: Create, Innovate and Inspire
- Centre for Arts and Technology: Interior Design, Kelowna B.C.
- Ryan McVay/Stockbyte/Getty Images